I have a confession to make: I don't really do sneakers. And before you roll your eyes and dismiss me as someone who only wears high heels, let me assure you that I am all about the flats, whether it's ballet pumps, Chelsea boots, chunky loafers or brogues. Practicality has always been a priority. I admire people who manage to pull off the whole "laid-back with a sportswear twist" look, but I've always felt my best when my outfits have more polish, and that generally means a smarter shoe style.
Yet something has shifted this year. I've noticed quite a few influencers stepping out in Converse. We're not talking the skinny-jeans-and-band-tee pairings that pervaded our teenage years—rather elegant, grown-up get-ups. The effect is startlingly chic. Sporty trainers? Slightly unwieldy and aggressive-looking. Supergas? A tad too simple. Converse? They offer the perfect middle ground, as they look cool in a retro-inspired way, yet they're classic enough to go with almost everything in your wardrobe. Plus, they're just what I want to throw on when I'm popping to the shop when working from home.
Just check out the fashion girls below, who wear theirs with everything from midi skirts to white jeans. Who knows? Maybe I am a trainer person after all. Scroll down to see and shop my favourite Converse outfits.
Style Notes: As we navigate easing ourselves out of our joggers, wide-leg trousers provide the perfect solution in style and comfort. Pair yours with a blazer, basic tee and, yes, Converse for sleek day-to-day attire.